The European Aviation Safety Authority believes the Boeing 737 MAX is safe after a lengthy security review and expects the aircraft to be cleared for commercial flights in January, the chief official said in the comments broadcast on Saturday.
On Wednesday, the US Federal Aviation Administration overturned a 20-month-old grounding order issued after two fatal accidents that triggered changes in the cockpit design. Commercial US flights are slated to resume at the end of December.
“We wanted to do a completely independent analysis of the safety of this aircraft, so we did our own checks and flight tests,” Patrick Ky, Executive Director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), told Paris Air Forum.
“All of these studies show that the 737 MAX can be returned to service. We have started taking all measures,” he said. “In our case, it is likely that we will make the decisions that will allow it to come back online sometime in January.”
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